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Praise Emma Thompson!,
This review is from: Saving Mr Banks [DVD] (DVD)
I thought that Emma Thompson, portraying Pamela Travers, author of my beloved "Mary Poppins" was an absolute delight. Thompson can easily take the audience along with her in an Oscar-worthy performance, as she shows us Travers' metamorphosis from disgruntled stiff-lipped Brit to kite flying dreamer. The rest of the cast don't disappoint: Tom Hanks paints a masterly portrait of Walt Disney, with a team of visionary animators, all trying to persuade Pamela Travers to give her approval (and rights) for Mary's reincarnation on the blue screen.
On the verge of poverty, Pamela Travers cannot really refuse Disney, even though he stands for all she hates, and she fears to lose her beloved Mary to "silly cartoons". This is a Disney production, so we don't get to see any of the Mr Disney's controlling tendencies and darkness, he is simply this benevolent visionary who promised his girls to bring Mary Poppins to life. It's Pamela who gets to have all the issues - daddy issues, first and foremost. Colin Farrell is well cast as Traver's beloved alcoholic Aussie dad - sweet and carefree, full of tales for his little girls, but not enough order to keep down a job, he is full of his personal demons. And Rachel Griffiths convincingly plays the super efficient great-aunt who comes to the aid of the Travers family - and her character is instantly recognisable as a real Mary Poppins in young Pamela Travers life, down to the big black umbrella.
All in all, a good thoughtful film (not really for kids), but it's Emma Thompson who steals the show.